January 21, 2019
How well do you know your period?
Ladies spend a good half of their life having periods, and many view this monthly visitor with both love and hate. If the period arrives early, you become helpless; if it is late, it may cause anxiety! Menstruation is a report card for a lady’s health, its volume, color, texture and pre and post discomfort all give clues to body condition.
What is menstruation?
Menstruation is the discharge of blood from the lining of the uterus as it prepares for next month’s egg. The lining thickens and when there is no pregnancy, the lining comes off and that is menstruation.
Cycle: usually 28 days, 21-35 days are within normal range
Duration: usually 4-5 days, 3-7 days are within normal range
Color: dark red
Texture: not too watery and not too thick, and does not coagulate without blood clots, and without unusual smell
Discomfort: tender breasts, abdominal bloating and some mood changes are normal
If your menstruation strays from above ranges and has unusual discomfort, it means you have irregular menstruation. Example symptoms include short (2 days) duration, unusual menstrual pain, headaches and back pain. It would be important to seek proper treatment.
Record your menstruation
Do you notice that your practitioner always asks about your last period? This information helps to find your diagnosis and proper medicine. So be sure to properly record dates of your menstruation, duration, volume changes, and menstrual discomfort for your practitioner to review.